Weekender: Music, Some Art and Activities, and Museums Soon

Hang in there, a year into the pandemic … and some live events will be happening soon. Stay tuned. Museums throughout the region are working on their plans to open. (Check individual museum sites for details). You can practically smell that paint and fired clay now, but meanwhile, listen to some music or get involved in a virtual event. There is new news on Native American Art and Asian Art, as well.

Shinkoskey presents solo pianist

Thursday, April 8, 12:05 p.m. to 1 p.m., free, via UC Davis Music’s YouTube Channel.

Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 27 in E Minor, op. 90

Robert Schumann: Papillons, op. 2

Franz Schubert: Klavierstücke No. 2 in E-Flat Major, D. 946

Derek Tam
Tam will perform at the noon concert Thursday.

Derek Tam appears regularly throughout the Bay Area and beyond as a conductor and historical keyboardist. He is the executive director of the San Francisco Early Music Society, a major advocate for early music in the United States, and serves as the artistic director of the biennial Berkeley Festival & Exhibition, an internationally renowned celebration of early music. Tam is president-elect of the board of Early Music America, a national organization dedicated to strengthening historical performance. For more details about this concert, visit the website of the UC Davis Department of Music.

And more music shared by Mondavi Center: Stravinsky

In a time when even the smallest groups of musicians are unable to physically gather, a group of 34 performers met virtually to perform Stravinsky’s “The Rite of Spring — ‘Sacrificial Dance.”

The musicians, all members of the Swiss Ensemble Symphonique Neuchâtel, perform the entire meal of jarring cross rhythms while locked in individual light boxes.

“Each musician recorded their part inside a purpose-built light box — alone with the music and the image of the conductor in front of them,” the ensemble explains on this video.

The resulting video, which combines musical performance and state-of-the-art light design, is a spellbinding piece of theatre that feels — while live performances are still scarce — just about as close to the ‘real thing’ as virtual music-making can get.

See the full story on Classic FM. The Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts featured this article and video in their recent newsletter.

Have a watch…

More from Mondavi: Open Mic Night

Enjoy a night of music, poetry, dance, spoken word, comedy, and storytelling — all from the comfort of your home. Hosted by MC Denisha “Coco Blossom” Bland. The Open Mic Night event is Wednesday, April 21. Submissions are due this week.

Interested In Performing?

Mondavi has collecting pre-recorded performance videos of music, poetry, spoken word, dance, comedy and storytelling. See an example of a prior Open Mic.

Some guidelines:

  • Must be original content only — no covers or samples of copyrighted music.
  • Submissions can be up to 5 minutes long; should be filmed in landscape mode.
  • No swearing please. 

Submit Your Performance by April 2

Presented in partnership with ASUCD Entertainment Council and Sacramento Area Youth Speaks (SAYS).

Patricia Sweetow Gallery holds solo exhibition featuring UC Davis grad Saturday

Julia Couzens: Stitch ‘n Bitch, 315 Potrero Ave, San Francisco, Saturday, April 3, 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., free. To view, book an appointment here

Couzens image from show

It’s Women’s History Month — a time to reflect on progress and battles left undone.  It’s also perfect timing for Julia Couzens’ exhibition “Stitch ‘n Bitch.” Alum Julia Couzens (MFA ‘90) is an uncompromising artist and writer of discerning insight. Drawing upon over 30 years steeped in the vernacular of modernist and contemporary art history, Couzens focuses her critical lens on gender disparity in the visual arts in her new show “Stitch ‘n Bitch” which opens on Saturday, April 3, and will run until May 22, 2021. The gallery will allow safe capacity limits. Please wear approved masks for everyone’s safety.

Couzens' piece is to the right.

For more information about the event, visit the UC Davis Art Studio website

C.N. Gorman Museum has a new website, will introduce a virtual exhibition

For now, the C.N. Gorman Museum at UC Davis remains closed due to COVID-19 restrictions, but the museum’s website is now live here where you can browse and search the museum’s permanent collections. The museum has been dedicated to the creative expressions of Native American artists and artists of diverse cultures and histories. The Gorman's reputation of artistic excellence is proven by its company of exhibiting artists, including some of the most established Native artists as well as the next generations of emerging Indigenous artists. As the first virtual exhibition, the museum will present Feathered Relations: Works by Marwin Begaye. It will be released soon, but in the meantime, learn more about the artist Marwin Begaye and read the artist statement here. Watch this space for details.

Flicker, 2015 (C.N. Gorman Museum)

Asian Art Museum has talks and lectures this weekend, next week

Re-History Series: Blood Antiquities and the Global Art Market

Saturday, April 3, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., $5, via Zoom. Buy tickets here.

Learn more about the looting of ancient sites and museums across West Asia (including Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan) and efforts to prevent it. In this virtual event, scholars and artists address the issue of looting and explore the complex history of a group of marble relief friezes from the palace of Sultan Mas’ud III in Ghazni, Afghanistan, which were reused in mausolea in Afghanistan, and are now dispersed in museum collections across the world.


For more details about this event, go here.

*This program is part of the Asian Art Museums Re-History Series, which critically examines the history of the museum and its collections with consideration of race, colonialism and power.

Takeout Tuesdays: Does money Grow on trees? A Bronze Money Tree for a Chinese Tomb

Tuesday, April 6, 12 p.m. to 12:30 p.m., $0-5, via Zoom. Buy tickets here.

The Asian Art Museum in San Francisco presents another Takeout Tuesday where you can “take out” a taste of art and join museum docents and fellow art lovers for interactive lunchtime encounters with selected artworks from the collection. Next week's work is Does money Grow on trees? A Bronze Money Tree for a Chinese Tomb. During this meeting, attendees will look closely at compelling works using high-resolution images and learn some fun facts. Attendees are welcomed to turn on their microphones to join the discussion. This event is free for members and $5 for non-members. More information here.

UC Davis Basement Gallery hosts the Art Studio Senior Show

Senior Shows allow art studio students with senior standing to curate and host their own show with the help of The Basement Gallery team. The work will be up for approximately one week with the opportunity to host an opening reception on the first day of the show. The Basement Gallery team will assist with installation, curation and de-installation. If you are interested in having a senior show this spring quarter, fill out this form. Apply before Saturday, April 3, 11:59 p.m.

Basement Gallery post openings for team positions

The Basement Gallery is looking to fill multiple directorial positions for the 2021-2022 school year. To apply and for more information on each position, go here. The deadline to apply is Friday, April 2, 11:59 p.m.

Verge Center for the Arts Sacramento introduces DIY packs for kids

The Verge DIY Packs are a great way to bring art education into your home. All activity packs use basic household supplies to create fun and engaging art activities for kids of all ages. Packs are available for ages toddlers-adults so there’s sure to be something for any skill level. All packs include a list of supplies, activity instructions, and an artist profile.

Make sure to share pictures of your finished art activities on social media using the hashtag #VergeKidsDIY or tag us @vergeart on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook. 

To view or download DIY packs, go here.

Coming up

Art Studio Visiting Artist Lecture Series: Andrea Bowers

Andrea Bowers, Wednesday, April 7, 4:30 p.m., free, via Zoom. Register.

The Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem Museum of Art returns with its virtual programs, starting the season off with Andrea Bowers. Through documenting contemporary activists focused on women’s rights, migrant justice, workers’ rights and climate justice, Bowers is committed to intersectional feminism that dismantles gender privilege and builds community. Her art practice documents and honors the activists whose everyday actions forge meaningful change.

Bowers lives and works in Los Angeles.

Bowers’ work is included in Wayne Thiebaud Influencer: A New Generation, which will be featured in the museum’s lobby this spring.

Organized by the Department of Art and Art History. Co-sponsored by the UC Davis College of Letters and Science and the Manetti Shrem Museum.

Check out Manetti Shrem Museum’s Spring 2021 Programs

Crocker virtual event showcases regional Native American artists

Thursday, April 8, 5 p.m. to 6 p.m., free, via Zoom. Register.

Tune in to this event for a special program highlighting five regional Native and California Indian artists. Each artist will share their stories, process, and imagery in a rich visual presentation.

This event features Meyo Marrufo, Melissa Melero-Moose, and Shelly Covert.

Learn more about the event here.

Art Social Media of the Week

We came across this tweet by Crocker reminding us that many museums are beginning to open their doors to the public.

Crocker tweet

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